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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2005

Remembrance celebration set

The Hospice of the Central Peninsula and National Family Caregivers will host a celebration of life from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, across from Mykel’s. Community members are invited to light a candle in remembrance of those who have died or for those who are taking care of loved ones with a life-threatening disease. Fellowship, food and live music are some of the planned activities. For more information, call 262-0453.

Kenai Elks to dance in New Year

The Kenai Elks will celebrate the new year with hors d’oeuvres and dancing Saturday at the Elks Lodge.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and music by Bob Ramponi’s Alaska Swing Company will be featured from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Tickets, which cost $25 per person, also include party favors, a champagne toast and breakfast buffet at 1 a.m., and are available at the lodge or by calling Konrad Jackson at 283-7776.

Bone marrow, blood sought for pair

A statewide bone marrow and blood drive is being conducted today for four-time Iditarod Sled Dog Race champion Susan Butcher and for Michael Donaldson, who both are afflicted with acute Myelogenous leukemia.

On the Kenai Peninsula, marrow and blood donations can be made from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Blood Bank Center in Suite 212 in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna.

Blood samples are sent to the Puget Sound Blood Center and matched with anyone in need of a bone marrow transplant. Donors are entered into a National Marrow Donor Program registry.

For more information, call Mysti Skelton at Blood Bank of Alaska at (907) 376-1195.

Nikiski senior cafe closed Sunday

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center’s breakfast cafe will be closed Sunday for the New Year’s holiday. The all-you-can-eat buffet will resume Jan. 8. It will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Food bank lists holiday closure

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will be closed Monday in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

The food bank is selling T-shirts printed with the saying, “We Feed People.”

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